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Jameela Banu

Jameela Banu

Assistant Professor
HSHW 1.102C
Office: 665-3222
banuj@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

General Biology (BIOL1402-06)
Advanced Nutrition (DIET 3353 & 4257)

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Tim Brush

Timothy Brush

Professor
SCIE 2.348
Office: (956) 665-2921
tbrush@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Comparative Embryology (BIOL 3407)
Ornithology (BIOL 4412)
Advanced Ornithology (BIOL 5412)
Subtropical Ornithology (BIOL 6412)

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Robert K. Dearth

Robert K. Dearth

Assistant Professor
SCIE 1.312
Office: (956) 665-8750
Res. Lab. SCIE 2.240
dearthrk@utpa.edu
 

Current Courses:

BIOL 4313 Endocrinology

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Jesse De Leon

Lecturer
SCIE 2.312
Office: (956) 665-

 

Current Courses:

Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2403)
Biological Writing (BIO 3302)

 

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Hudson DeYoe

Hudson R. DeYoe

Professor
SCIE 1.324
Office: (956) 665-3538
hdeyoe@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

BIOL 1402 General Biology
BIOL 4398 Tropical Ecology
BIOL 4410 Marine Botany
BIOL 4425 Marine Ecology

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Frank J. Dirrigl

Frank J. Dirrigl

Assistant Professor
SCIE 2.344
Office: (956) 665-8732
dirriglf@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

ENSC3400 Environmental Science & Public Policy
ENSC3401 Environ. Regulations & Impact Analysis
BIOL 3302 Biological Writing

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Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards

Professor
SCIE 1.316
Office: (956) 665-3545
redwards@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

BIOL  4304 Ichthyology
BIOL  5304 Advanced Ichthyology
BIOL 1402 General Biology
BIOL 1302 Primetime Biology
BIOL 1488 Honors Biology II

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Mohammed Farooqui

Mohammed Farooqui

Professor - Associate Dean
MAGC 2.316D
Office: (956) 665-3543
farooqui@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

BIOL 4416 Enviromental Toxicology
BIOL 3405 Histology

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Zen Faulkes

Zen Faulkes

Associate Professor
SCIE 2.634
Office: (956) 665-2614
or (956) 587-9363
zfaulkes@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

BIOL 1401 General Biology
BIOL 3310 Neurobiology
BIOL 6324 Evolutionary Theory
BIOL 3302 Biological Writing
BIOL 4100 Seminar

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Teresa P. Feria

Teresa Patricia Feria

Associate Professor
SCIE 2.328
Office: (956) 665-7322
tpferia@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

BIOL 3409 Ecology
BIOL 3404 Conservation Biology
BIOL 4388 Global Change Ecology
BIOL 5388 Adv Global Change Ecology
BIOL 6303 Adv. Ecology
BIOL 3302 Biological Writing

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Robert Gilkerson

Robert Gilkerson

Assistant Professor
SCI1.306A
Office: (956) 665-7838
gilkersonrw@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL2403 & 2404)
Medical Terminology (HRP 2303)
Advanced Immunology and Molecular Methods
(CLSC4315

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Bonnie Gunn

Bonnie Gunn

Lecturer
SCI 3.106
Office: (956) 665-2062

gunnbs@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Biology (BIOL1402)
Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL2403/4)
Biological Writing (BIOL 3302)
Seminar (BIOL4100)

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Scott Gunn

Scott Gunn

Professor
SCI 1.360
Office: (956) 665-3540
sgunn@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Genetics (BIOL3413)
Mammology (BIOL4303)

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Diana Hinojosa

Diana Hinojosa

Lecturer
SCI 1.306A
Office: (956) 665-3822
dhinojosa7@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

General Biology (BIOL 1401)
General Biology (BIOL 1402); 2403; 4100
Planet Earth and Its Inhabitants (SCIE 4370)

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Frank W. Judd

Frank W. Judd

Research Professor (retired)
SCI 1.328
Office: (956) 665-7001
fjudd@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Non

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Megan Keniry

Megan Keniry

Assistant Professor
SCI 2.304
Office: (956) 665-7463
keniryme@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Cell Biology (BIOL 3412)

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Anxiu Kuang

Anxiu Kuang

Professor
SCI 1.340
Office: (956) 665-2953
akuang@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Electron Microscopy (BIOL4418, 5418)
General Biology (BIOL1401)
Plant Physiology (BIOL4405/5405)
Seminar (BIOL4100)

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Kristine Lowe

Kristine Lowe

Associate Professor
SCI 2.332
Office: (956) 665-8749
klowe@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Microbial Ecology (BIOL4424/5424)
General Microbiology (BIOL3401)
Environmental Biology (BIOL2406)
History of Biology (BIOL6322)

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Luis Materon

Luis A. Materon

Professor
SCI 1.344 (Office)
SCI 1.214 (Res. Lab)
Office: (956) 665-7140
(956) 665-7320 (Res. Lab)
lmateron@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

General Microbiology (BIOL3401)
Medical Microbiology & Immunology (BIOL3303)
Molecular Virology (BIOL4404/5404)

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Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald

Associate Professor
SCI 3.114
Office: (956) 665-2065
amcdonald@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Plant Systematics (BIOL4414/5414)
General Biology (BIOL1402)
Plant Morphology (BIOL3408)
Ethnobotany (BIOL4318)
Biological Seminar (BIOL4100)

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Dr. Kathryn Perez

Kathryn Perez

Assistant Professor
SCNE 3.142
Office: (956) 665-7145
perezke@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Biological Writing (BIOL 3302)
Biological Evolution (BIOL 3301)
Invertebrate Zoology (BIOL 3414)

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Michael Persans

Michael Persans

Associate Professor
SCIE 2.316
Office: (956) 665-7323
mpersans@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Plant Molecular Biology & Biochemistry (BIOL6420)
Molecular Genetics (BIOL6316)
Biotechnology (BIOL4420/5420)
Molecular Biology (BIOL3415)

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Daniel Plas

Daniel Plas

Assistant Professor
EDUC 2510
Office: (956) 665-3409
plasdt@utpa.edu

 

Current Courses:

Neurobiology Methods (BIOL4422)
Teaching the Life Sciences (EDSC6326.01)
Teaching the Physical Sciences (EDSC6326.02)

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Alexis Racelis

Alexis Racelis

Assistant Professor
SCIE 1.364
Office: (956) 665-3656
racelisae@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Ecology (BIOL3409)
Advanced Ecology (BIOL6303)

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Erin Schuenzel

Erin Schuenzel

Assistant Professor
SCIE 1.332
Office: (665) 2229
schuenzelel@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

General Biology (BIOL 1401, 1402)
Bacterial Genetics (BIOL 4417)
Plant Pathology (BIOL 4408)
Seminar (BIOL4100)

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Kenneth Summy

Kenneth Summy

Professor
SCIE 2.308
Office: (956) 665-7927
krsummy@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

General Biology (BIOL1401, 1402)
Entomology (BIOL4315/5315)
Remote Sensing Technology
(BIOL4403/5403)
Seminar (BIOL 4101)
Biological Writing (BIOL3302)

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Dr. Christopher Taylor

Christopher Taylor

Professor
SCNE 3.128
Office: (956) 665-3537
taylorcm@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

General Biology (BIOL 1402)
Biological Writing  (BIOL 3302)

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Matthew Terry

Matthew Terry

Associate Professor
SCIE 3.110
Office: (956) 665-2064
mterry1@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

General Biology (BIOL1401)
Biological Evolution (BIOL3301)
Developmental Mechanisms (BIOL3406)
Molecular Evolution (BIOL4330)
Systematic Biology (BIOL6304)

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Dr. John Thomas

John Thomas

Assistant Professor
SCNE 3.156
Office: (956) 665-7147
thomasj1@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Biological Writing (BIOL 3302)

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Mirayda Torres-Avila

Mirayda Torres-Avila

Lecturer
SCIE 1.306
Office: (956) 665-2498
torresavilam@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

General Biology (BIOL 1401)
Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 2403)
Seminar (BIOL 4100)

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Dr. John Trant

John Trant

Professor
SCI 2.340
Office: (956) 665-3065
trantjm@utpa.edu

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Christopher Vitek

Christopher Vitek

Assiociate Professor
SCIE 2.324
Office: (956) 665-2845
vitekc@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Aquatic Entomology (BIOL4419)
Medical Entomology (BIOL4319)
Disease Epidemiology (BIOL4317)
Graduate Seminar (BIOL 6101)
Biometry (BIOL6305)

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Cindy Wedig

Cindy Wedig

Lecturer
SCIE 1.308
Office: (956) 665-7025
cindy@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Biology BIOL1401, 1487
Anatomy and Physiology BIOL 2403 & 2404
Biological Writing BIOL 3302
Interdisciplinary Science Lab SCIE 1287 & 1288
Integrated Problem Solving Course for
Premeds BIOL4387

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Fred Zaidan

Fred Zaidan

Associate Professor
Chair
SCIE 2.312
Office: (956) 665-7481
fzaidan@utpa.edu

Current Courses:

Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
(BIOL 2402)
Herpetology (BIOL 4409/5409)
Ecological Physiology of Animals
(BIOL 4411/5411)

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Staff

Sandra Montalvo

Sandra Montalvo

Administrative Assistant II
Room SCIE 2.368
Phone: 956-665-3537
montalvosr@utpa.edu

Thomas Eubanks

Thomas Eubanks

Research Engineer
Room SCIE 2.406
Phone: 956-665-3308
tmeubanks@utpa.edu

Liza Vela

Liza Vela

Biology Labs Coordinator
Science Bldg, Room 1.368
Phone: 956-665-7935
lvela3@utpa.edu

Terri Montaño

Terry Mendez-Montano

Senior Program Coordinator
Room SCIE 1.352
Phone: 956-665-5216
mmendez1@utpa.edu

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